Meet The Mom Who’s Trying To Turn Her Human Kids Into Plastic Barbies
According to The Mail, each dress that the Barbie girls wear costs upwards ofÂ Â£50 and was created especially for them by a dress designer. Sophie says they cost her about Â£4,000 in total. In addition to these custom gowns, there are also designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, where a childrenâ€™s dress costs somewhere in the ballpark of Â£400. So of course, seeing as Sophie is a single mom and therefore inferior to other women (/sarcasm), they throw in a little welfare fraud shade:
“I want them to look traditional,â€™ she says somewhat bafflingly. â€˜I donâ€™t like modern stuff. They never wear jeans and I would never buy something from an ordinary High Street store.â€™
She is reluctant to shed light on how she pays for all this. Sophie-May is, after all, a single mother and student with no job. So, is she receiving benefits?”
To which Sophie has an equally condescending answer:
“But Iâ€™m not like other single mums who just donâ€™t care. I donâ€™t drink, smoke or take drugs.
â€˜Iâ€™m going to college to make a better life for my kids, who are my priority. Prin and Presh can be a strain on my purse, but treating them is my business.”
The entire article is just a perfect storm of awful. We have spray tanning babies, welfare fraud accusations, mommy shame. Everything. But the coup de grace is her obvious obsession with Barbie. I just can’t with this:
“They have Converse, Uggs and Hunter Wellies,â€™ she counts on her perfectly manicured fingers. â€˜I pay extra to have them personalised with Swarovski crystals. They are like Barbie babies. If Barbie was real, they would be her children.”
The Mail goes as far as to snark on her single status with a totally lame Ken analogy:
“You might be wondering where Ken is in all of this. Sophie-May is reluctant to go into details, apart from divulging that she was due to marry the girlsâ€™ father in 2013, but he upped and left when Precious was just 13 days old.”
Way to minimize this woman’s obvious personal tragedy!
Seriously though, putting aside my unrelenting urge to go full sanctimommy here, I think this mom has as much of a right to care for her kids as the next mom. She seems to understand that there will be a ton of (warranted and unwarranted) criticism thrown at her, and her response to the haters is actually pretty spot on:
“Iâ€™m like Superwoman getting them ready in the morning,â€™ she says.
â€˜I want them to look their best, to turn heads on the street. Whatâ€™s wrong with that? People can judge me if they want but thereâ€™s nothing wrong with wanting your children to look good.
â€˜You canâ€™t win. If you donâ€™t care for them, youâ€™re a bad mother. If you do, youâ€™re a bad mother. At least Iâ€™m teaching them to take pride in their appearance.”
I might argue that she’s teaching them to care a bit too much for their appearance, but whose to say what’s too much, or what else she has going on. And we all know how these reality shows skew their editing to create “television moments.” Still, I can’t possibly see how spray tans and acrylic nails can be a good thing for little girls, but either way. I will be watching the hell out of this show as soon as I can figure out how to get it in the U.S.